The Ultimate Guide To Prom

Prom originally started in the United States and has rapidly grown in popularity throughout the millenia and is now the highlight of the year for school-leavers to mark the milestones of GCSEs and A-levels.

When does prom usually take place?

Prom season is fairly short, running from mid-June to mid-July. However, the business is still estimated to be worth £80 million every year. According to a survey by Holiday Inn, on average prom cost £244 per person, with 10% spending over £500 and 2% splashing out, spending more than £1,500.

Why is prom so popular?

Seen as an attractive addition to the school calendar for many head teachers as it provides a "reward" for students after their exams and is something to look forward to with some students planning two, even four years ahead.

Where is prom held?

Venues range from 5 star hotels to night clubs, some of the more unique locations, include ships or famous recording studios. 

In this blog post, we'll cover the everything you need to know about prom:

  • What to wear
  • How to arrive in style to prom
  • What to expect on prom night
  • Gifts & Photo Frames
  • The most popular FAQS
  • Planning For Prom

    Whether your part of organising prom or simply trying to understand more about how much it will cost, planning is important. In this section, we'll cover tips and tricks on keeping to budget and useful advice for anyone part of the prom committee.

    Before that though, it is important to decided what matters most when it comes to prom. Is it your dress? An amazing ride to and from the venue? Or what you'll do after prom? What you prioritise will help determine where you'll spend most of your most, so it is a good idea to think about planning for prom early so everything is not a last minute rush.

     

    The cost of attending prom can come with big expenses, so it's smart to create a realistic prom budget. To help you, use this table below from promgirl.com to get a rough idea of cost.
    TOTAL £ YOU HAVE TO SPEND
    (Including money from parents)
    £____________
    PROM TICKET £____________
    DRESS/TUXEDO £____________
    SHOES £____________
    JEWELRY £____________
    PURSE/CLUTCH £____________
    DINNER £____________
    TRANSPORTATION/LIMO £____________
    HAIR/MAKEUP/NAILS £____________
    BOUTONNIERE/CORSAGE £____________
    PROFESSIONAL PHOTOS £____________
    TANNING / SKIN CARE £____________
    AFTER PROM


    £____________


    GRAND TOTAL £____________

     

    Nearly all proms have a theme. This is normally decided by the organiser or prom committee and in many cases is voted on by your classmates to see what the most popular theme is. 
    The theme is important as it can affect your choice of dress, how you arrive and ultimately the cost of prom. 

    Lets be honest, prom is not cheap and sometimes teenages could use a little help with this expense. There are charitable organisations in the UK which will either lend you a dress to wear or  offer second dresses at a much lower price. Here are some we've found: 

    • Prom Ally - offer free load prom dress and you only pay a £10 returns postage and packagin fee. To be eligibile you need to be referred by your school, local authority or another charity. 
    • All Dressed Up - not-for-profit project that gifts donated prom dresses to school students in Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire that need them. You can find out more about how to apply on their website.

     

    Remember prom is nearly always after GCSEs or A-levels, which is why it is a good idea to starting thinking about prom early as you'll most likely be focused on revision leading up to it and you don't want to be overwhelmed with questions and things to sort out.

     

    6 Months Before Prom
    Start thinking about what you want to wear and set a realistic budget. If you're fortunate enough to have a parent contribute to your prom fund, discuss it together with them before you finalise a budget. Around 6 months before tickets go on sale for prom and after-prom. As soon as they are available, it is best to buy them as in some instances there are only a limited number of tickers are available and you don't want to miss out. 

     

    4 Months Before Prom
    It is a good idea to book your transport to the venue if you are renting a limousine or other form of transportation. Proms all over the country happen within just 4 weeks of each other, so these can get fully booked quite early. 
    Decide who you are arriving with and if your friends will share the same transport and where you'll be picked up from.
    Arrange to meet up early to make sure you have plenty of time for pictures before getting into the limo. 
    By now the search for the perfect prom dress should be underway. Keep in mind your prom themes and dress code that your school may have. Choosing a dress early will give you more options than there might be closer the time and allow for any altercations to be made. 

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    What to wear

    This completely up to you, start looking early so you’ll have the pick of the best and make sure it fits in with the theme if you have one.

    Arriving In Style

    Arriving at prom is one of the best bits, we’ve selected our favourites. 

    Keep in mind that life happens and unexpected things like bad weather heavy traffic, etc, can cause delay. Just in case, always plan for the arrival time to be a bit earlier.

    TIP - Sharing a ride with your friends is a great way to save money.

    1. Limousine

    Ideal for arriving as a large group, limos are one of the most popular ways to arrive in style. The vast majority can seat up to 20 people, so it is one of the cheapest ways to arrive when you spread the cost amongst everyone.  With modern interiors, leather seating and room for food and drink, a stretch limo is a great way to kick off prom in style.

    2. Novelty Character Vehicles

     Looking for the most unique transport, guaranteed to be the arrival of the night? Visit Star Care Hire

    Hire a novelty character vehicle and bring your favourite film or tv show to life. Whether you’d like to arrive in a James Bond replica supercar or bring piece a of Hollywood to prom with the Batmobile or Ghostbuster Ecto-1, the possibilities our truly endless with an amazing range of cars to choose from.

    3. Supercar

    Turn heads by arriving in a Ferrari, Mclaren or Lamborghini, everyone will be able to hear the roar of the engine before you even pull-up. You’ll need to allow for a larger budget to cover the cost but it will be  truly memorable experience.

    TIP - To get the most out of your hire, choose a route that has a long stretch of straight roads with higher speed limits so you can experience the thrill and true speed of your ride.

    4. London Bus

    Are you looking to make a big and bold statement with your arrival? You cannot get bigger than hiring an entire London Bus! 

    Fitting up to 70 people on board, The London Bus Company allows you to hire classic red double decker buses for just a £50 deposit. An amazing yet cost effective way to arrive in style, especially when split amongst multiple people.

    What to expect on prom night?

    You've done plenty of planning and the day has finally arrived, make sure you enjoy it by being ready well before you are picked up and don't forget your ticket.

    When you arrive at the venue prom goers will most likely be met at the door by chaperones checking for tickets and dress code violations. 

    Your prom will usually have DJ with loud music, low light and high energy levels. Relax and enjoy the atmosphere, socialise, take in the fun and checkout everything the event has to offer.

    Later in the evening they will most likely be an after prom, these are almost as big a deal as prom. Most schools organise an after prom at a designated venue with entertainment like photo booths, popcorn machines, bounce house and more. Some people prefer a sleepover at a friend's house or a get-together at a restaurant, what you do for your after prom is really up to you and personal preference.

    Gifts & Photo Frames

    Gifts & Photo Frames are a great way to remember prom but also all the years you've shared together with your friends. They can either be given before prom will getting ready or after. 

    Here our some of our favourites:

    1 Photo Frames

     

    A really unique way to remember your prom night forever. Personalise a picture frame and give one to your bestie to cherish. £14.99
    Personalised Prom Frame

    2 Keyrings

    A really beautiful gift which makes sures you stay connected even after you move onto the new chapter of your life. £14.99 

    Personalised Keyring

    3 Jewellery

    Stylish and understated, jewellery is a great sentimental gift. £25

    Personalised Disc Necklace

    All of the items featured above can be found in our prom collection on The Personal Shop. If you're looking for anything specific, please don't hesistate to contact us and we'll do everything we can help to you.  

     

    Popular Prom FAQS

    Below we'll answered some of the most popular FAQs relating to prom.

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    This depends on the type of gown you choose, as prom dresses comes in a variety of designs, sizes and styles, this can vary. As a guide, expect to pay between £10-200, designer dresses can cost upwards of £500. It depends on your individual style but there is a dress for every budget.

     Definitely! One of the highlights of your school career, don't miss out of the opportunity to dress up and have a good time with friends. Don't worry if formal attire and dancing isn't your thing - you can always go and meet up with friends at the after prom celebration.

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    We hope you found this blog post useful. Be sure to checkout all our personalised prom gifts.

    If you're looking for anything in particular or we can help in any way, don't hesistate to contact us via customerservices@thepersonalshop.co.uk. 

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